Saturday, 21 January 2017

Nutty Bolt No.2


Back over here I wrote about Stephen Miller’s Nutty Bolt No.1…


Nutty Bolt No.2 arrived just in time for MPP XXXiii so several folks managed to get their puzzling paws on a copy in Shrewsbury – sadly(!) I was on a boat in the Mediterranean at the time so I had to wait a little while for the Royal Mail to deliver mine after I’d made it back to Brum…


The rather compact, extremely dense package duly arrived and I have to say that Steve’s delivered on his promises - #2 looks pretty darn similar to #1 – same size bolt, same name plate on the bolt head (‘cept this one says #2 instead of #1!) – even the nuts and washers look the same and they're in the same place – the only difference between them is the name plate and the two dimples in the shaft instead of the single dimple on #1… can you see a pattern emerging there?

Puzzle-wise – this one’s totally different to #1 – and it shouldn’t yield to random fiddling at all – there’s enough in there to make sure that you’ll be locking yourself up some of the time if you’re just randomly playing around…


For puzzlers with good memories and some wider experience, you’ll recognise the locking mechanism from a couple of other puzzles, including another bolt from quite a while back…


I like it as a puzzle and think that it’s going to make a great little set of puzzles… glad to have the beginnings of a nice little set of matching bolts courtesy of Pyro Puzzles.


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